Hamas leader calls for third intifada

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A senior Hamas leader has called for a third intifada, including suicide bus bombings in Israel.

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Hamas Jerusalem bureau chief Ahmed Halabiyeh on Tuesday called for new, violent action against Israel on Tuesday,  saying that that ”we must renew the resistance to occupation in any possible way, above all through armed resistance.” He called for “a third intifada to save the Aksa Mosque and Jerusalem.”

The call came in response to the approval for construction of thousands of apartments in eastern Jerusalem and the A1 area of Ma’aleh Adumim. 

Also on Tuesday, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak told a conference that Israel is “on the verge of a third intifada,” Ynet reported.

“If we continue to refuse peace, we will be dealt a painful blow that will affect all aspects of our lives,” he reportedly said.
 

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